Even after you sign the consent form, you can still leave the trial at any time. You will never have to carry on with a trial if you don’t want to.
You will be given a phone number to contact at any time, such as if you feel unwell or are admitted to hospital for any reason.
To check that you can take part in a trial, you may need to have some tests, sometimes called screening tests.
Screening tests may include:
- blood and urine tests
- scans, which produce pictures of the inside of your body
- biopsies, which take tissue samples from your body
- other tests, such as tests on your heart or eyes, if there is a risk that the new treatment could affect them
- a pregnancy test.
It may take some time to do these tests and get all the results. Speak to the research team and your doctor about them and how long they take, so that you know exactly what is involved.
The screening tests may find something that means you don’t meet the trial entry criteria after all. It can be very disappointing and frustrating if this happens. If you would like to talk about this or anything else, you can contact our specialist nurses on the Support Line.
You will still be given the best treatment and care that is available outside the trial. Sometimes there may also be other trials you may be suitable for instead. Speak to your doctor or nurse about your treatment options.